Colossal Youth (Juventude Em Marcha) Reviews

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Brandon Judell
Huffington Post
July 30, 2015
If you're not already a fan of Costa by now, joyfully mainlining on his existential aesthetic, you better sidestep this one.
Cole Smithey
June 4, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] How human beings learn from history in the face of unending injustice, or retain their dignity when everything is taken from them, are just a couple of the titanic issues Pedro Costa grapples with.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
August 4, 2011
Pedro Costa's chronicle of poverty and loneliness is tough and demanding to watch but ultimately rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 14, 2011
It's aesthetically pleasing, but lacks entertainment value.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2010
Colossal Youth can best be described as a revelation... Costa abandons even the pretense of pseudo-documentary, instead transforming the quotidian into mythology.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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David Fear
Time Out
January 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 8, 2007
Beautifully photographed, the elliptical, often mysterious and wholly beguiling film Colossal Youth looks and sounds as if it were made on another planet.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Cabin
August 2, 2007
It's impossible to describe as anything less than reverie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
August 2, 2007
Eventually, across the monumental boredom, mesmerizing, nearly still images and poetic rhythms of this 155-minute film, something like pathos or meaning can be sensed, if not really apprehended.
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
July 31, 2007
Rather than impose actors on the scene, Costa involves the people who already live there. Instead of training them to perform a story, he locates a skeletal narrative from a rehearsal process based on their personal stories.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
July 30, 2007
A unique metaphysical vision that, tracing its characters' dislocation, seems to weave between alternate worlds as easily as it navigates from image to image.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 30, 2006
It's a challenging 155 minutes, but it's a film that you can easily drift too and from while retaining a clear sense of place, person and purpose.
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Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
Costa's experimentation reaches an aesthetic peak.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
June 1, 2006
Colossal Youth (Juventude em Marcha), has some arresting images and an interesting central character but its lack of narrative pace will exhaust the patience of most audiences.
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Justin Chang
May 26, 2006
Far-reaching study of poverty, loneliness and hope amid suffering is weighed down by its soporific structure, deliberately indolent pacing and endlessly attenuated conversations among a clutch of ill-defined personalities.

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Cath Clarke
October 18, 2008
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